The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) provides food assistance for 1.5 million low-income New Yorkers including families, the elderly, and the disabled. The program can help you feed your family and afford fresh and healthy food. SNAP comes on a pre-filled debit card and can be used at many locations, including supermarkets, most farmers markets, and some Green Carts.
New York is part of a USDA pilot that allows online SNAP purchases. You can read more about online SNAP purchases on HRA’s website.
Beginning March 1, 2018, NEW SNAP clients no longer have to wait for DSS/HRA to call them at a scheduled time to complete their interview. After they submit their application, clients can now call DSS/HRA at 718-SNAP-NOW (718-762-7669) anytime between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday, for an "on-demand" interview, which will reduce the uncertainty of applying for SNAP and give clients more flexibility. On-demand interviews are now available for all SNAP clients citywide.
Here are some SNAP Frequently Asked Questions.